21 April 2015

Two Confessions

Confession #1:  I can be terrible at finishing a project.

I admit that I have several garments in some state of "almost done" that have been washed and worn several times.  From pants needing the other half of a closure to knit tops that need a hem - the list is not short.  I think a combination of project fatigue and the excitement of a new garment creates a little sewing attention deficit disorder.

Remember this Simplicity jacket?

I finished it (almost), but it took way longer than necessary.  I removed the robot eyes, set the sleeves, cut and assembled most of the lining.  All I needed to do was set ONE sleeve in the lining.  I had zero motivation to do it.  The ease stitches were sewn, all I had to do was gather, pin, and stitch.  I did other things, but to finish what is the simplest of tasks was not one of them.

Like I said, it's almost done.  The only thing that's left is to hand stitch the sleeve lining hem to the jacket hem.  There is no way to fake this one - not even slightly.  The lining peaks out under the sleeve, so if I am to ever wear this jacket, I have to do the handstitching.  I don't hate it, but I also don't jump at the chance to do it.

Confession #2:  I hate sewing lining and anything slippery.  HATE!

My tolerance for fussy fabrics is at an all-time low and it wasn't very high to begin with.  I know lining is important and I will always include it when needed.  But that doesn't mean I have to like it.  

From cutting to pinning, we are both fussing at each other nonstop.  I use a walking foot and microtex needle when sewing, so that's not too bad.  My interest in a garment wanes significantly when it's time to cut and assemble the lining.  It's the reason my now-year-old trench coat is still not finished.


Since I last posted these pictures, I've set the sleeves and assembled the front facing-lining unit.  All I need to do is cut and sew the back lining, and set the sleeves.  Sooooo simple, right?  Sigh. 

Does anyone else struggle with finishing?  What are some of your sewing hangups?

L

25 comments:

  1. I like the new no robot eyes jacket a lot. That is my favorite style of jacket. I can totally understand the struggle to finish something. Thankfully, I don't have a lot of UFOs, actually finished a jacket that sat from 2013 - 2015 all because of buttonholes and buttons. The other UFO is a simple pencil skirt, and sadly, its pinned to the pattern pieces, which I have used to make other skirts since then. I can be so ratchet, I have cut other skirts from that, mind you I am cutting with the UFO fabric skirt still pinned to the pattern and cutting off new skirts...lol

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    1. #Sheila you have me rolling on the floor lauging - UFO fabric skirt still pinned to the pattern and cutting off new skirts............... OMG that so describes me sometimes. I at one time had lots of UFOs (about 7 for various reasons) but then moved into a new sewing space and decided the UFOs must be done - new space, new sewing. Now I have 2 projects in the works - the one I am working and the one that is next.

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    2. I had to laugh out loud with that one too! Sheila, that is some grade A ratchetness right there. =)

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  2. We are kindred spirits! I wore a pair of pants for months with no hook&eye closure. Sleeveless tops needing arm bindings. So many things lol!

    I too hate linings and despise setting sleeves in my linings. Hate. Hate. Hate.

    When I sewed the pink coat I sewed the lining first. The next two jackets got the body sewn first. I'm totally going back to seeing the lining first. It was a completely different experience!

    Love the no-longer a robot jacket! Just give yourself a limit like 15 minutes to "sew whatever you can" and probably once you start you'll be motivated to just finish it.

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    1. Haha, right! The bad thing is that the needle and thread have sat on my bedside table for weeks waiting to be used.

      I have to try sewing the lining first. Maybe that will help the mid-project fatigue that usually sets in.

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  3. +1 to everything you've said. I don't have any advice because I struggle with the same things.

    I have a doubleknit bomber jacket that I cut out last fall and set aside to work on my winter coat (which I actually did finish, although we had such a warm winter that I only got to wear it a few times). So spring would be the right time to haul that back out again, right? But the print is a mini-houndstooth check, and I keep looking at it and thinking that it screams "fall jacket" not "spring jacket".

    I will do just about ANYTHING to avoid hand-sewing. Including setting aside a 99.5% done garment to start on a new one. Just to avoid that last bit of hand-sewing. I'll also machine-stitch things that I should hand-stitch if I think it'll pass the 3-foot rule.

    Anyway, I love your not-longer a robot jacket! Can't wait to see it finished!

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    1. Hand sewing is the reason those hook & eye closures are still in the package. =) I definitely have to adopt the 3-foot rule and add a couple of feet. =)

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  4. Ahhh! Now I know where your trench went to. I'm glad you finished it because I've enjoyed wearing mine. There are times when one must set things aside and move on for a little while. The good thing is when one returns there's not much work required.

    There are times that I have to allow an item to rest over a day or two while I think about the direction I want to take. Like your Simplicity jacket- different creative juices flow!

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    1. Tee hee. That trench has been in the magic closet all year. I took it out a couple of days ago and put it right back. The solution? Start a different trench. =)

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  5. I am shaking my head in agreement - I hate the finishing steps, and I have a pile up of clothes that just need a little bit of extra work to be done. I particularly hate hemmng and hand stitching - maybe I should do these steps earlier in each project while my enthusiasm is running high. I'm currently trying to get through a few WIPs by telling myself I have to finish something before I can start a new thing... But I'm finding it hard not to make excuses :).

    Gabrielle
    Www.upsewlate.blogspot.com

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    1. I tried the finish-one-before-starting-another method and it just doesn't work for me. "Ooo..shiny" is totally a thing.

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  6. Wow your Simplicity jacket looks AMAZING! Did the pattern call for a zipper? It looks SO good (and you know I love metal zippers!)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it called for an 18" zipper. I bought a 20" zipper because that's all there was and it turned out to be the perfect length.

      I love metal zippers too!

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  7. Pretty much all of my clothing come to finishing stage and wait there for ages... I hope my daughter doesn't grow much until I finish the elastic in her leggings... Once my tshirt wore out before I could get to the hemming part.

    Myrna once recommended a book called 'the war of Art'. It's a great book and hit exactly this issue why the last finishing stage is so tough... You'd think I'd suck it up and finish what I start, from then on. I never finished the book!

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    1. LOL @ never finishing the book. That is way too funny!

      I can sense when I'm losing steam in sewing a garment and it is like moving a mountain to get through it. By the time I'm near the end, I am so done that I don't finish the little things. Ugh!

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  8. That trench looks promising! Can't wait for the reveal whenever that is. The simplicity jacket looks great too.

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    1. When I took it out of the magic closet, I started getting excited about it again. So I pulled out the lining pieces and my heart sunk once again. I think I need to finish (hah!) what I'm doing right now so that I can take MrsC's suggestion and tackle this one bit by bit.

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  9. I made a wrap dress 2yrs ago, too short for my liking, didn't even bother to hem it but I still pull it out thinking I'll add a swissy panel to the bottom ohhh & we wont talk about the dress that only needs a collar lol! I think we should form a UFO club lol! happy sewing & finshes to you!

    Helen

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    1. I won't run for UFO club president, but I will be an active member. =)

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  10. Not good sign, but do know where you are coming from. Have a jacket that I have fallen out of love with that still needs the understitching done, I think it has found a new home by now. I like Mrs Smiths idea to sew the lining first, it also lets you test the fit and gets it out of the way to enjoy the journey with your main fabric.

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    1. Yes, I like Nakisha's idea a lot. I'm going to try it with the next lined garment.

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  11. I wondered what happened to the trench coat...

    Lining - I don't like sewing it either, but when I fuss too much I remind myself that no-one is going to see it anyway. I too suffer from a variety of sewing syndromes - the half way through syndrome, the nearly finished and this will be awful syndrome (and sometimes the finished result is awful, so reinforcing the need for this syndrome), the before I even start syndrome, and the I've move on from this project syndrome, which can strike at any time. The only management is to keep on sewing...

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    1. Hah, I wondered too. =)

      I may get to it eventually. I once had seven UFOs from different years lingering in the magic closet. I finished all but one (I think) and am glad that they're no longer around or are being used.

      I also fuss too much about how things look and suffer from some of the same syndromes you mentioned.

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  12. Beautiful jacket. I used to have lots of UFOs too until I started sewing for others which forced me to finish project in order to get paid :)

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    1. I think sewing for someone else would stress me out even more. I sincerely admire all who are able to do it.

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